1997-05-24 Yong-Soo Choi w pts 12 Koji Matsumoto, Indoor Gym, Suwon, South Korea - WBA
1997-05-24 Yong-Soo Choi w pts 12 Koji Matsumoto, Indoor Gym, Suwon, South Korea - WBA. Referee: Pinij Prayadsub. Scorecards: 116-112, 117-114, 115-113. Starting well with good movement and using the left as a scoring weapon, in the fourth Choi (130) introduced the challenger to his body attacks, taking the majority of rounds up until the tenth when Matsumoto (130) got a second wind. Well behind on the cards, the southpaw Matsumoto was given a brief time out in the tenth after being thumbed. Receiving the go-ahead, Matsumoto attacked Choi for all he was worth, giving the champion plenty to think about before the latter came back strongly in the 12th.